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Black Velvet

Black Velvet
Reserve Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
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Black Velvet
Reserve Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of almonds, dried fruits, brown sugar, cultured butter, and mace with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed finish evoking elements of sultanas. A mild and creamy Canadian Whisky; great for highballs.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: almonds, dried fruits, brown sugar, cultured butter, and mace
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of sultanas
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A mild and creamy Canadian Whisky; great for highballs.

The Importer

Black Velvet Importer

The Importer
Canandaigua, NY 14424
USA
1 585-396-6700

Canadian Whisky

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Canadian Whisky is made primarily from corn or wheat, with a supplement of rye, barley, or barley malt. There are no Canadian government requirements when it comes to the percentages of grains used in the mash bill. Unlike Bourbons, they are aged, primarily in used oak barrels. The minimum age for Canadian Whisky is three years, with most brands being aged four to six years. Virtually all Canadian whiskies (except the pot-distilled malt whiskies of Glenora in Nova Scotia) are blended from different grain whiskies of different ages. Bulk Canadian Whiskies are usually shipped in barrels to their destination country where they are bottled. These bulk whiskies are usually bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof) and are usually no more than four years old. "Bottled in Canada" whiskies generally have older components in their blends and are bottled at 43.4% ABV (86.8 proof).

Canadian whiskies, as with their American cousins, originated on the farm. These early whiskies were made primarily from rye. In time most Canadian distillers turned to corn, wheat, and other grains, but Canadians continue to refer to their whisky as "Rye" even though the mash bill for most Canadian Whisky is now predominantly a mix of corn, wheat, and barley, with only a modest proportion of rye for flavor, which results in a lighter-bodied spirit.